Secretary of State Benson has settled a 2016 lawsuit challenging a ban on so-called ballot selfies. The ban has been around since 1891.
Voting Selfie articles on Democracy Chronicles
Although the Voting Selfie is a seemingly an innocuous practice, a very interesting and modern discussion on election law has been ignited by this issue. The legality of voting selfies touches on issues of privacy, free speech, voter intimidation, and more. In some states you can still technically face punishment for taking a vote selfie, although prosecutions are rare. Some argue that the real threat of voting selfies is to the secret ballot: a fundamental tenet of democracy. In theory, if someone wanted to strongarm others into voting for a certain candidate, they could demand photos as proof from their victims. Also see our articles on the Founding Fathers, Election History and our section on American democracy.
Taking “ballot selfies” would be legal in future Michigan elections under bipartisan legislation approved Wednesday by the House Elections Committee.
The real threat of voting selfies is to the secret ballot: a fundamental tenet of American democracy
Bill would mean New Jerseyans will no longer be technically breaking the law if they share their “ballot selfies” online
The biggest argument in favor for banning these selfies is that it can lead to vote buying. That might be true, but to an extent that we should outlaw them? Don’t think so, bub.
Colorado did the right thing by decriminalizing the celebration of people wanting to share that they participated democracy, which is one of the most patriotic civic duties a citizen can participate in.
Over the past few election cycles, the hashtag #dogsatpollingstations has become something in the UK
The real threat of Colorado voting selfies is to the secret ballot: a fundamental tenet of democracy
Series of prohibitions on any photos of filled out ballots is keeping the voting selfie illegal in many places
New Jerseyans can still technically face punishment for taking a vote selfie but prosecutions unlikely